Ocean City Reptiles (Reptilia)
Welcome to the Ocean City Reptiles (Reptilia) page, here we will document through photographs and videos the animals of the Class Reptilia we have found around the Ocean City Maryland USA area…
What Are Reptiles?
Turtles, crocodiles, snakes and lizards, all are part of the Scientific Classification Class Reptilia. Reptilian history begins around 310 to 320 million years ago (mya) when, in Nova Scotia Canada, a fossil that was found show the typical reptilian toes and the imprints of scales.
Distinguishing Characteristics of Reptilia
- Hearts with 3 chambers and 2 aortas, believed to assist in regulating their body temperature and allowing for longer diving times. Yes, there are some exceptions to this rule, and will be noted in any reptiles found here in the Ocean City MD area
- The reptiles of today are known to be cold-blooded, meaning they are less capable of regulating their body temperature and use other sources, such as activity to warm their bodies
- Reptiles are covered with a horny type skin, this type of skin keeps their bodies water tight, allowing reptiles to live on land
Scientific Classification (Taxonomy) of Reptiles
Kingdom: Animalia >> Phylum: Chordata >> (unranked): Amniota >> Class: Reptilia
How Many Species of Reptiles Are There?
There are over 10,000 species of reptiles currently identified, though over 100 new species have been identified each year for the last few years. And, some sub-species, have now become a species, as more is learned about them.
How Many Species of Maryland Reptiles?
There have been 93 species currently identified in the State of Maryland, and as reptiles are very vulnerable to the growth in human population and the development that comes with it, it is a Class of Animals that needs our assistance in maintaining its natural habitats. Also, like in the total number of species, as some reptiles are newly classified or reclassified, this will cause the numbers to change.
How Many Species of Ocean City Reptiles?
Here in Maryland we have what is known as Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) [pdf], a joint venture by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and The Natural History Society of Maryland, Inc. Though this project ended (crying shame!) in 2015, it shows that in the Greater Ocean City area there are up to 100 species of reptiles, while on the Ocean City Peninsula it appears that only up to four were identified.
To date for the Reptiles for the Ocean City Wildlife Project:
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